NAFDAC confiscates over N30m worth of narcotic drugs, arrests five in Abuja

Posted on: Tue 05-12-2023

THE enforcement team of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), yesterday, confiscated Schedule 1 Narcotic drugs and other unregistered drugs worth over N30 million from a wholesale pharmaceutical shop in Wuse 2, in Wuse District of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The team also raided another shop belonging to the same owner located in Lokogoma District.

During the enforcement exercise, which was conducted in conjunction with heavily armed men of the Nigeria Police, two staff members of the pharmaceutical shop were arrested.

Schedule 1 drugs are controlled drugs or other substances that have a high potential for abuse.

The team also raided a popular Dei-Dei Market, in the suburbs of the FCT where they arrested three drug hawkers and confiscated assorted unregistered drugs and herbal products that are harmful to citizens.

The NAFDAC enforcement team, led by the Deputy Director, Investigation and Enforcement, Northern Zone, Pharm Andrew Tamanuwa, told journalists that the agency received credible intelligence on Schedule 1 Narcotics that are being sold in the pharmaceutical shop.

He added that going by the Nigerian Constitution, it is only the Federal Government that has the right to bring in the Schedule 1 Narcotics like Morphine, Codeine and Meperidine, while all other health institutions are supposed to go to the Federal Medical Schools under the Federal Ministry of Health to purchase their Schedule 1 Narcotics for the use of their patients.